The Loth-cat has been a member of the Star Wars universe following their debut in Star Wars: Rebels, “Rise of the Old Masters”, making their way into various different live-action productions, beginning with The Mandalorian. With the newest Disney+ series, Ahsoka, bringing back some old fan favorites, it was just a matter of time before the adorable Loth-cat made its first appearance.
Loth-cats have been a welcomed creature into the lives of many favorite characters, alongside countless other cute little creatures including Porgs and Ewoks, but many don’t actually know the history and origin of this furry companion. Let’s dive into the background of these heartwarming creatures for those that aren’t familiar with them or their significance in the story.
What is a Lothcat?
Loth-cats originate from the planet Lothal, and can often be found in grasslands hunting for their prey, Loth-rats. They resemble the main traits and physical features of normal cats seen in everyday life, but with a classic Star Wars spin. The first Loth-cat appears when a drink carton falls and hits the beloved animal on the head, a moment of little importance in the larger scale of the story, but a memorable character introduction nonetheless.
This small creature features numerous times throughout the four-season series in Star Wars: Rebels, most prominently as a tool to help teach Ezra Bridger’s (Taylor Gray) the way of The Force. On one occasion, Ezra’s Jedi Master, Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) attempts to teach him how to connect with the animals through The Force, however, Ezra ultimately fails this exercise. Later, his improvement and his aptitude with his abilities is on full display as he masters the connection and orders a Loth-cat to attack an Imperial droid, allowing the Rebels to escape.
Ezra’s bond with these loveable, yet snarly creatures is one of the most prominent aspects of Star Wars: Rebels. His connection to animals is one of the unique aspects of his character and one of his strongest abilities through his Jedi training. This connection is demonstrated even further through their appearance in the mural painted by Sabine after Ezra’s disappearance seen in the series finale of Rebels.
The adorable feline creatures can be found across the galaxy
Loth-cats have appeared in numerous projects set in different areas, not just Lothal. In 9 ABY (after the Battle of Yavin) during The Mandalorian, young Mandalorian Jedi Grogu encounters a Loth-cat. They are also seen on the planet Sorgan in 34 ABY, and on the planet Batuu, where they are sold as pets at the Black Spire Outpost.
Here’s a list of all appearances of Loth-cats in the Star Wars universe:
- Star Wars: Rebels
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Bounty Hunters 31
- The Mandalorian
- Star Wars Galactic Pals
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Loth-cats will likely play a significant role in Ahsoka
The appearance of this certain Loth-cat in Ahsoka holds a significant amount of importance. Although it may look like your typical cat, this creature holds remarkable similarities to the one featured in Rebels during Ezra’s quest to master The Force on his home planet. As Ahsoka’s main focus is finding Grand Admiral Thrawn, and ultimately Ezra, his connection with these creatures could once again pose a huge impact on both the story and his personal journey.
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